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 By Scott Hunter    News    August 26, 2015 

Local effort draws cross-state support for firefighters

A Coulee Dam-based effort to help out firefighters on the North Star Fire is catching on like wildfire. It started with a GoFundMe effort to raise money for a continuing effort to supply baked goods...

 
 News    August 19, 2015

Nearly 40,000 fires have burned 7.1 million acres

Wildfire activity has escalated recently after thunderstorms, many with little or no moisture, moved across parts of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana, sparking hundreds of new fires. The situation results in firefighting resources...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 19, 2015

[UPDATED12:23 p.m. 8/19/15] North Star Fire threatens Nespelem

UPDATE 12:23 p.m. 8/19/15: New evacuation orders were just issued for Nespelem from the Mount Tolman Fire Center. Their information release follows: A LEVEL 1 EVACUATION: The LEVEL 1 Evacuation area...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    August 19, 2015

Bob Morton represented his people unconditionally

Imagine rolling into Olympia in your travel trailer each year for the start of the legislative session knowing your district has the highest unemployment in the state and the lowest average annual wage. Folks in your sprawling rural 7th District...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 19, 2015

[UPDATE] Fire merger "inconclusive", no structures lost

[UPDATE 9:45.a.m 8/22] Initial reports indicated that the Tunk Block Fire and North Star Fire had merged, however this proved to be inconclusive. When more precise mapping is available, fire managers...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 12, 2015

Several towns lose power during fire

by Scott Hunter The towns of Wilbur and Creston, and every place in between, lost electric power service for a dozen hours Saturday night. A wildfire six miles west of Spokane, near Coulee-Hite Road, reportedly affected BPA electrical towers on the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    August 12, 2015

UPDATED Sunday, 2:30 p.m.: New fire burning in timber just north of Nespelem

[UPDATED Sunday, 2:15 p.m.] The North Star fire has now grown to more than seven times the size it was Friday night, and it is threatening a regional communicaitons network with equipment atop Moses Mountain. The fire was estimated at 22,000 acres...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    July 29, 2015

Value emergency response and responders

Maybe it’s just because we so often have a front-row view of tragedy, but two items in this week’s brought home the extreme importance of highly- trained emergency responders and some relief that...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    July 22, 2015

Regional fires flare in hot season

A stubborn brush fire closed Interstate-90 near George for the second straight day, but it reopened Tuesday about 10 a.m. The fire was driven by wind gusts of 25 mph and had burned about 900 acres by...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 22, 2015

Wildire burning along highway at North Dam

A wildfire is burning on the hill just above SR 155 at North Dam and heading uphill toward structures. Firefighters are responding at 11:15 a.m. and law enforcement has been asked to close down the...

 
 By Bob Valen    Community    July 15, 2015

Hot, dry June breaks records

June was dry, indeed, and hot, too. Let’s start with a look at the temperatures first. The mean June temperature is 65.5°F, while here at the home weather station we had a mean of 74.9°F, a...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 1, 2015

Firefighters descend on B Street fire

Response to a fire in the heat of Monday afternoon in Grand Coulee underscored the nervousness of local fire fighters in the current, extreme heat conditions, with fireworks legal. As a summer thunder...

 
 By Press release    News    July 1, 2015

Wildfire blazing north of Keller

Keller, Wash. – The Twenty-One Mile Grade Fire began on the afternoon of July 1 and is approximately 1,000 acres. It is located approximately 25 miles north of Keller, WA and east of Hwy 21. The...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    May 20, 2015

"Barker Canyon" fire starts an early season

About a dozen local firefighters this Friday night are attacking a wildfire across Banks Lake from the Grand Coulee Dam Airport. The fire is suspected to have started from a lightning strike in the...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    November 19, 2014

Coulee Dam open to new tourism spending approach

Faced with various groups annually vying for tourism tax dollars, most Coulee Dam Town Council members verbally endorsed an approach suggested by Mayor Greg Wilder last week: outsource it — with provisos. Wilder advocated an approach similar to wha...

 
 By press release    News    September 24, 2014

Parlette disappointed by FEMA denial of additional wildfire-victim assistance

  State Sen. Linda Evans Parlette says she is disappointed that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is sticking by its earlier decision to deny financial assistance to individual victims of this...

 
 News    August 6, 2014

Newsbriefs

Bank holds school supplies drive North Cascades Bank in Grand Coulee began its month-long “School Supplies Drive” last Friday. The bank will be accepting through the month of August any school supplies, or monetary donations to use towards...

 
 By Scott Hunter    News    July 23, 2014

Region responds to firestorm

When a storm system moved across the region July 14, lightning started multiple fires just as temperatures would reach into the 100s for days, feeding what would become the largest wildfire in state...

 
 Community    May 28, 2014

Meetings and Notices

Chamber to Meet The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce will meet Thursday, May 29, at Siam Palace in Grand Coulee at noon. Bob Valen will be the guest speaker. His topic will be “Wildfire and Weather Outlook.” CMC Guild (Auxiliary) to Meet...

 
 By Bob Valen    Community    May 21, 2014

A moist April, but drought predicted

I had hoped for warmer weather for Colorama and Mother’s Day weekend; we take what we get, as someone once said. If you recall, last year was very warm with temperatures in the high 80s, low 90s...

 
 By Roger S Lucas    News    January 8, 2014

Man indicted for arson

A Nespelem man has been indicted by federal authorities for setting a wildfire off SR-155, between Elmer City and Belvedere last July 8. An enrolled Colville Tribal member, Mylan Williams, 35, is being held in the Colville Tribal Correctional...

 
 News    September 18, 2013

Newsbriefs

Want to work for the government? The Bureau of Reclamation will put on two workshops to teach people how to apply for federal jobs. The first session will be held at the Nespelem Community Center from 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 30. Sign up by calling...

 
 News    July 31, 2013

Newsbriefs

Port moves ahead with project Grant County Port District 7 has advised its engineering firm, USKH of Spokane, to proceed with the bid specifications for its new dump truck/snow plow and a 30x40 foot building to house it in. Port commissioners stated...

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion    July 10, 2013

Fire fighters got it right

In an area often derided by its own citizens for not sticking together, it’s amazing how quickly and efficiently one very important part of the local infrastructure can congeal into an effective team. Several local fire departments attacked a fire...

 
 By Roger Lucas and Scott Hunter    News    July 10, 2013

Fires held back by fire fighters

Two fires separated by a couple of miles and a day scrambled local fire fighters early this week to protect property. Brisk winds pushed a fire Sunday night perilously close to Lone Pine homes and...

 

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